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Marathon in Siberia: Only for the bravest - Chicago Tribune

Baikal Ice Marathon in Siberia: Only for the bravest

By Phil Marty Chicago Tribune

If you're a very serious marathoner, read this. Otherwise, move along. March 1 is the date for Baikal Ice Marathon 2015.
That's Baikal as in Lake Baikal, the world's deepest freshwater lake. It's also the largest freshwater lake by volume and
is in Siberia. Because it's in south Siberia, race-day temps are likely to range from a "mild" 5 above zero to minus 25.
Hard to believe, but hundreds of runners turn out for this each year, and they have a choice of running the frozen lake in
a full marathon (26.2 miles), a half or a paltry 9 miles. 56th Parallel, which specializes in tours to some extreme locales,
offers a package for interested marathoners and has other Lake Baikal winter outings for less ambitious but still hardy
folks. Info:

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